What is root canal therapy?

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    Tooth is painful and has cold sensitivity. It also has an abscess which can be seen on the X-ray.

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure which removes infection from your tooth while allowing you to keep the tooth itself. Root canal starts off when bacteria enter your tooth nerve and cause an infection. Unfortunately, a simple filling or crown is no longer an option at this point. To remove the infection and alleviate pain, your dentist must either perform root canal therapy or remove the tooth altogether. Receiving a root canal treatment allows you to keep your tooth while at the same time eliminating pain and infection.

When do I need root canal treatment?

The majority of root canal treatments are performed to eliminate toothache and dental infection. Typically, these result from untreated tooth decay or severe trauma. Of course, there are occasions where your teeth requires an elective root canal treatment, for example:

  • You may need an elective root canal when tooth decay is too close to your nerve. Even if you’re not in pain yet, a root canal is needed to prevent future infection.
  • Elective root canal treatment is commonly used to correct tooth position during full mouth reconstruction.
  • You may have an infected tooth with clogged up nerves that doesn’t hurt. Regardless of the pain level, these teeth still require a root canal treatment.

Are all root canal infected teeth painful?

Most dental infections result in extreme pain and discomfort in addition to hot and cold sensitivity. However, not all root canal infections are necessarily painful. For example, if your tooth has a long-standing infection, you may stop feeling the pain after awhile. Similarly, if you have severely clogged up nerve canals, which is common in elderly, you may experience no discomfort despite having an infection. Regardless of your pain level, teeth that display signs and symptoms of infection require root canal treatment.

How do you perform root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment typically takes about an hour or more to complete.

Essentially, a root canal treatment is nothing more than a filling for your tooth nerve. There are several steps to performing a root canal treatment which are:

  • Anesthesia: Like most other dental procedures, root canal treatment starts with getting fully numbed up. Your dentist will make sure that you’re completely numb before starting treatment.
  • Disinfecting Your Nerve Canals: Once numb, your dentist or endodontist will slowly remove the infection from your tooth nerve canals. This procedures takes a while as it requires extensive cleaning and disinfection of your tooth.
  • Filling Your Nerve Canals: Once your infection and nerve canals have been fully cleaned, your dentist can fill the tooth. Root canal teeth are filled with a sterile filling material known as Gutta Percha. Placing gutta percha into your tooth nerve canals seals off your tooth to eliminate pain and prevent future bacterial re-infection.

Be mindful that root canal therapy does take a good while to complete. Plan on spending a good hour or two at your dentist to complete the entire procedure. Don’t forget to bring your headphones to listen to music if it helps you relax during treatment!

Is root canal treatment the best option for my tooth?

Once cavities reach into your tooth nerve, your tooth becomes infected and painful.

We always recommend that you save your own tooth whenever possible. Teeth with successful root canal therapy have a great chance of lasting a lifetime. Of course, there are occasions where saving a tooth is simply not worth it. For instance, if you don’t have enough tooth structure to restore your tooth, you should go with a dental implant instead. Also, if you have poor oral hygiene combined with advanced periodontal disease, a dental implant is a better option than a root canal. Ultimately, only you and your dentist can determine if a root canal is the right treatment for you.

Root canal treatment in San Clemente:

If you need root canal treatment in San Clementre, schedule your appointment with us today. Call us at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online with us today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will access to see if you need root canal therapy. We will discuss the pros and cons of root canal therapy to help you decide what’s best for your teeth. Don’t wait until your toothache worsens, give us a call today and start fixing your teeth before they start hurting!

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